Thomas Leslie Thexton (1911-86)
Thomas Leslie Thexton was born of Methodist parentage in Pinner, Middlesex. His father was a clothing manufacturer and after leaving school, Thexton entered the family business as a tailor's cutter.
Thexton trained for the ministry at Richmond and in 1936 was appointed to the Southwest China District. He married one of his colleagues in the China ministry, Hilda Rudkin of the Wesley Deaconess Order, in February 1939. They did much to establish Methodist work among the mountain tribes in the area around Weining, establishing a church and primary school.
After home furlough, the Thextons returned to China in 1945 and he was subsequently appointed District Chairman. They came back to England in 1950 and Thexton served the rest of his ministry in home circuits in Birmingham, London and Yorkshire.
After superannuation in 1974, he spent the remaining years of his life in Somerset as an active supernumary.
Source: Methodist Recorder May 15 1986, 18 and Harold Burgoyne Rattenbury papers (MARC)